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(From Our Regular Correspondent)Nov. 13, 1937.
The Growth of Social Services
In an address to the Society of Arts, the chairman, Lord Amulree, said that year after year social legislation advanced and new means were devised for mitigating the hardships which would otherwise be felt by some members of the community. The aggregate public expenditure on education, housing, old age pensions, health insurance, unemployment insurance, unemployment assistance, public assistance or poor relief was annually about $1,500,000,000. In addition, $460,000,000 was collected by way of contributions from employers and employed persons. Unless some catastrophe occurred that would arrest all progress, social legislation was likely to increase. At present emphasis was being placed on physical fitness, and there was increased interest in the subject of nutrition. There was a source from which might spring numerous projects of social amelioration, such as the state subsidization of games and sports and possibly
Foreign Letters. JAMA. 1937;109(24):1998-2002. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780500054023